WILKINS, James Sutherland

1851 - 1916

James Sutherland Wilkins, was born in Madras, India on 18 May 1851, third child and eldest son of James Wilkins and his wife Jane Maria née Smith, who married at Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk on 4 September 1842. In 1871, a 19 year old medical student, lodging at 23 Merrick Square, Newington, London and graduated from the London Royal College of Physicians in 1873 and was M R C P the following year and entered the Indian Medical Service. Promoted surgeon-major in 1886, surgeon lieutenant colonel in 1894 and colonel in 1894. He served in the second Afghan War in 1880 when he served in the relief of Kandahar, in Burma 1886-1887 and in South Africa in 1902, being recognised with several medals including the D.S.O. and the Queen's Medal with three clasps. He married at Worlingworth, Suffolk in 1905, Dora Sophia Lee French (1864-16 September 1906), daughter of Revd Frederic French, vicar of Worlingworth and their son, James French Wilkins was born on 16 September 1906 but his wife died in childbirth. In 1911 he was living at Stayer House, Eye with his four year old son. He exhibited at the Suffolk Art & Aid Association [q.v.] in 1913, a pastel portrait. James Sutherland Wilkins died at Stayer House, Eye, Suffolk on 27 October 1916. His son died in 1971.

Emma Henrietta 13 March 1846
Jane Amelia 15 March 1848
James Sutherland
Edward William 17 December 1856
Alice Maria 10 September 1860
Ernest George 30 May 1862
Laura Mary 5 January 1864